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Urgent Advice Needed for Budget Office PC with SSD ($405 Including Monitor & KB/Mouse))

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August 18, 2013 8:34:35 AM

Sorry for the rush. It's 12 midnight my side and I'll need to submit my parts list to the office purchaser at 12 noon later.

Background Info:

Have a $405 budget for a complete office PC inclusive of monitor, keyboard and mouse. Office is fully-wifi so wireless lan a must. SSD is a preference. No gaming but basic graphics editing required.

Proposed Built:

CPU: AMD A4-3400 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar TA75M+ Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($56.73 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec VSK-4000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP W2072a (A3M50AA#ABA) 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: V7 CK0A2-4N6P Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($9.81 @ Amazon)
Total: $432.45 (Exceeds budget by $28 but discounts expected at merchant)

Kindly advise if the build is viable and give suggestions for last min changes? Thank you very much!!!
a b C Monitor
August 18, 2013 9:20:29 AM

I think your office user will be requesting a replacement PC within a year. All components are weak and it's hard to be productive on a $9 KB.
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a b C Monitor
August 18, 2013 9:21:05 AM

Heres an overall better system:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($57.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec VSK-4000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS198D-P 19.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: V7 CK0A2-4N6P Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($9.81 @ Amazon)
Total: $409.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 12:20 EDT-0400)
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August 18, 2013 11:20:16 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
Heres an overall better system:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($57.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec VSK-4000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS198D-P 19.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: V7 CK0A2-4N6P Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($9.81 @ Amazon)
Total: $409.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 12:20 EDT-0400)


Appreciate your response ps3hacker12.

But I had a few issues when I tried to incorporate your suggestions:
- Missing wifi adapter
- Power supply price includes $20 mail-in rebate
- Pareema brand ram not available locally

The new build as suggested is as follow:

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: Biostar B75MU3B Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($55.98 @ Outlet PC) - Cheaper than MSI by $15 locally

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter) - Same price as Samsung 840 (non pro) locally

Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Antec VSK-4000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)

Monitor: HP W2072a (A3M50AA#ABA) 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ Microcenter) - or any equivalent around $90

Keyboard: V7 CK0A2-4N6P Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($9.81 @ Amazon) - discounts will be directed here for a Microsoft/Logitech Combo Kit.

Total: $456.70 (Exceeds by $52)

I'm not trying to be picky here. I sincerely appreciate the new inputs. Just what I need to compare and for last minute changes. Would consider upping to G2120 if the discounts on shopping day are substantial.
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August 18, 2013 1:36:37 PM

Only one thing to possibly think about, you could go for an mATX case if you want an average consumer sized case.

The difference between the A4 and the Ivy Bridge pentium is pretty huge, you can actually work without getting frustrated constantly on the ivy bridge based processor xD

Everything looks fine :) 
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